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Comparing Williamson County vs the Rest of Texas

My topic has to do with the relationship between the treatment of slaves in Williamson county vs their treatment in the rest of Texas. At this point in my research which, mind you, has not been easy, I’ve come to realize that this comparison is particularly valuable in the context of our class. Certainly the treatment of slaves varied from state to state, but what I’m beginning to learn is that it also was quite different between counties as well.

It is really interesting to take a look at the motivations of the slave holders in Texas versus owners in places like Alabama or Georgia. It is interesting, however, that the treatment of slaves in Texas was comparable to states on the northern border, like Virginia or Tennessee. Each sought their own ways to ensure that their slaves did not leave captivity, whether it be through coercion or otherwise.

Additionally, if either Dr. Evans or Dr. Stockton would like those forums that I mentioned last Thursday set up, I can certainly do that. It will just take me a little while to make sure everything is working on the server end so I will need some heads up. Additionally, and this is more of a research related noted I found an excellent book just doing a google search. Here’s the link:

http://lmgtfy.com/?q=Barr%2C+Alwyn+(1996)%2C+Black+Texans%3A+A+history+of+African+Americans+in+Texas

I thought it would be particularly useful.

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  1. February 15, 2011 at 9:04 am

    This is very interesting news — especially considering the cultural implications such differences could possess; after all, we’ve already experienced the great cultural differences proffered by Olmsted between Texas and other states generally which have led to certain suppositions (by our class) on part of the African American experience peculiar to Texas, so perhaps focusing the microscope down to cultural differences and subtleties between counties could help us hone in even closer to specifics of the African American experience in Georgetown; it simply didn’t occur to me that cultural attitudes and behaviors could vary dramatically enough from county to county to deepen our understanding of the black experience (though I suppose this was a foolish lack of recongition on my part given Olmsted’s litany of appreciation the the German settlers versus the lifestyles of other Texans as well as the sheer breadth of land and variety of peoples escaping into Texas at the time) — we can only hope Georgetown was closer to New Braunfels culturally than the rest of the white settlements in Texas

  2. carinaevans
    February 15, 2011 at 11:38 am

    Thanks for your willingness to help us, Drew. Do you have a link to an existing forum so we can check it out as an example? We’re planning to come to class on Thursday with a few options.

    • carinaevans
      February 15, 2011 at 12:42 pm

      One last thing– I ordered the book you mentioned for us. I’ll let you know when it comes in.

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